Teacher-Led Trips in Australia
The magical Land Down Under occupies a special place in our history as the origin of the first Rustic Pathways program in 1983. As Rustic has grown across the world, Australia has remained at the heart of our operations, thanks to the tireless efforts of our energetic and expert Aussie staff. Whether on adventure or service trips, these blokes and sheilas bring with them years of expertise, knowledge, and a strong pride in their wild homeland.
Tracey joined Rustic Pathways in 2008 after nearly a decade of teaching and surfing professionally. A natural educator who believes in developing the intellectual and physical capacities of all students, Tracey is passionate about inspiring students to live healthy, active lives with a strong sense of purpose. She manages our community service partnerships in Australia to maintain relationships and ensure our students are empowered to positively impact lives through responsible travel.
With a degree in business and tourism management, Alejo has been an integral part of the Rustic Pathways team since 2011. Originally from Colombia, he now lives in Australia where he manages our operations across Australia. With a unique Spanish twist to his new-found Aussie accent, Alejo brings an exciting blend of cultures to our leadership team.
Melanie has been working with Rustic Pathways since 2014 and now manages our Outback Operations. She grew up in the East Kimberley of Western Australia, spending her childhood flying in helicopters, riding horses and wrestling crocodiles. Melanie’s strong leadership skills and adventurous personality make her a wonderful role model for students and an exceptional manager.
A Brit / American raised in Switzerland, Brunei and the United States, Katie holds a bachelor’s in Public Relations from the University of Florida. After four years of backpacking the world, working and traveling, she moved to Melbourne where she now resides. Her passions for adventure, people and wanting to teach others about travel have led her to Rustic Pathways. She has been a Program Leader in Fiji and is now Group Travel Manager for the Australian division.